The President of Rwanda, HE Paul Kagame, and the Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, have announced that the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will take place in Kigali during the week of 21st June 2021.

CHOGM was originally to have been held in Rwanda in June this year, but was necessarily postponed due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Announcing the new date, as agreed with the 54 member countries, President Kagame said,

“CHOGM Rwanda 2021 will be an exceptional occasion to deliberate together on the enormous technological, ecological, and economic challenges and opportunities facing the Commonwealth, particularly our young people, and which are all the more pressing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

“Rwanda looks forward to welcoming all delegates and participants to Kigali next year for a safe and productive meeting.”

To which, Baroness Scotland added,

“At this historic CHOGM, the first to be held in Africa this millennium, we look forward to Commonwealth leaders coming together to take practical action on the critical issues we all face.”

“Our meetings in Rwanda will give us a real opportunity to focus on our post COVID recovery, but we also know that the pandemic has not reduced the urgency with which global challenges such as climate change, the global economy, trade and sustainable development need to be dealt with decisively through multilateral cooperation and mutual support.”

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